Story corps, Georges Rousse installation, Old Bulls field

March 22, 2006

STORY CORPS IS COMING to Durham and Chapel Hill in April. The national oral history project best known for the segments it produces for NPR is bringing its mobile recording booth across the country. It will stop at Fort Bragg in late March, then to Durham from April 6-24, followed by a stop in Chapel Hill April 28-30 sponsored by WUNC radio. If you've got a story to share, reservations will be accepted beginning 10 a.m. Tuesday, March 28 at www.storycorps.net.

FRENCH INSTALLATION ARTIST GEORGES ROUSSE has discovered Durham, thanks to Frank Konhaus and Ellen Cassilly. The pair of downtown creatives worked with the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke to bring Rousse to the Bull City for a tour of 10 downtown buildings, including the Liggett and Meyers complex and the Liberty Warehouse on Foster Street. Rousse will consider which of the sites he will use to create his signature trompe l'oeil installations, which use paint and the laws of perspective to create optical puzzles inside industrial buildings scheduled for demolition or renovation. Konhaus and Cassilly say Rousse will create one or more projects in Durham in September. During that visit, he will also give a lecture at the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke.

NEW LIFE FOR THE OLD DURHAM BULLS ATHLETIC PARK could revive neighboring downtown lots, if the city can raise additional money to fund a proposal by Struever Bros. The Baltimore-based developer has worked on other historic baseball properties, including Fenway Park in Boston and Camden Yard in its hometown. The firm's $11-million plan calls for the development of several city-owned parking lots on Morgan Street and construction of a 200,000-square-foot building that would include offices, residences and shops on the south end of the park. The idea is to "establish the 'critical mass' that is necessary to transform the DBAP neighborhood," and make the ballpark, which would be home to North Carolina Central University's baseball team, into "a center of athletic and entertainment activity," the proposal says. The city set aside $4 million for the redevelopment; the firm expects $1.4 million of the $7 million difference to come from the city, the rest from fundraising.

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